2019 Coach Bios

8U Gold

8U Gold

Brian Mummert

9U Gold

9U Gold

Joe Thatcher grew up and played baseball through the Oregon Recreation. Coach Thatcher played high school baseball at Clay High and graduated in 1990. After high school, he played baseball for the University of Toledo Rockets from 1990 through 1994. Coach Thatcher graduated with a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and has worked as a safety professional since 1996. Coach Thatcher began coaching at the Oregon rec. in 1987 in one of the first Oregon t-ball programs. After graduating high school, Joe coached at both Clay Eagles and Toledo Rocket baseball camps. Coach Thatcher brings the experience of both a high-caliber high school program and Mid American Conference coaching and off-season preparation. Coach Thatcher has two sons playing sports in Oregon and he has coached both sons' baseball, football, basketball and soccer teams.

9U Green

9U Green

Eric Harvey

10U Gold

10U Gold

Derek Besgrove was a 2-year Varsity Baseball player for Clay High School. Coach Besgrove has been with the organization for 2 years amassing an 18-10 record playing in the top division of the NWOABL. Coach Besgrove is currently the Clay High School Varsity Assistant for Football. He also has experience Coaching at the Varsity Basketball level as well.

10U Green

10U Green

Brandon Wiliams

11U Gold

11U Gold

Keith Kennedy

11U Green

11U Green

Andy Lockhart

12U Gold

12U Gold

Eric Heintschel played High School Baseball at Clay for coach Richard Kandick. He was named Great Lakes League Player of the Year for the 1989 season. Coach Heintschel played collegiately for the United States Air Force Academy for one year, where he was a starting third baseman and a pitcher in the team’s starting rotation. He then transferred to The University of Michigan where he played three seasons under Coach Bill Freehan, former Detroit Tigers catcher. At Michigan, Coach Heintschel was a three year starter in the pitching rotation for Michigan, compiling a 15-18 record. His junior season, he was named the Geoff Zahn award winner honoring the team’s most valuable pitcher. Coach Heintschel has coached travel baseball for 8 years, leading the Ohio Diamondhawks for his first 6 years before transitioning to the Oregon Eagles Baseball Club. Coach Heintschel’s former Diamondhawks team currently has 10 players playing high school baseball. In his first year with the Oregon Eagles, he led the 10u gold team to a 27-6 record, winning the NWOABL League Championship. The team also won the Summer Slugfest Tournament and The Firecracker Tournament along with a runner up finish in the Hensch Classic.

12U Green

12U Green

Joel Byers played as a left fielder all four years at Clay High School, making it to the Regional Finals once, and District Finals once as well. After high school, Coach Byers started his coaching career in the Oregon Rec. house league, coaching his younger brother and cousin. After a few years, Coach Byers took a hiatus from coaching until his own boys were old enough to play. He assisted with their house league teams before accepting a position as an assistant coach on the Clay High School Junior Varsity Team. Joel was a member on the staff for the last 3 years before taking a contingent role this season to allow him to take a more active role with our 11u Green team.